‘Chaotic’ scenes for travellers arriving in Melbourne
A man who tried to travel to Victoria from Brisbane before it was declared a red zone says he was forced into hotel quarantine, despite repeated assurances from the Department of Health he would not be.
Melbourne declared Brisbane a red zone from 6pm Monday night, and a traveller named Sam tells the ABC he spoke to the Department of Health at 3:45pm while he was at the airport waiting for his MEL-BNE flight.
He says they confirmed that because his flight was departing before 6pm, his orange zone permit would stand — but once he landed, passengers were kept on the tarmac for two hours and he says he was eventually taken to hotel quarantine at the Park Royal hotel.
Sam says he wouldn’t have got on the flight in the first place if he knew what was going to happen, and didn’t arrive at his hotel room until 2:15am because of confusion at the airport.
“Initially it was totally chaotic, I was angry and completely furious by the time I got into hotel quarantine in the early hours of the morning,” he said.
“I felt extremely vulnerable — the [Department of Health] weren’t offering food or water, despite us being detained for several hours at the airport.
“I had to ask an employee if I could have some water and he had to go to a vending machine to buy me a bottle, with his own money.”